WOW! It's Time For Our Annual Top 100 Contest - VOTE For Your Faves of 2019 & You May Win Free CDs!

It's time to vote for your 10 favorite releases of 2019 and help us create the TOP 100 for our end-of-year countdown that will be aired on December 30th and 31st. When you enter the contest you will also qualify for the drawing to win a complete set of the WNCW Top 10 discs, as chosen by fellow listeners and our programming staff! We have compiled one large list that includes Americana, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, Blues, Celtic, Traditional, Regional, and all the other formats we cover. View a...

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Live Music Update

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Dave Simchock

Award Winning Bluegrass Bands BALSAM RANGE and VOLUME FIVE Coming To Foundation Jan. 18, 2020

WNCW staffers are happily gearing up for the station's annual LIVE Goin' Across The Mountain show which will be held Saturday, January 18, at The Foundation For Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of Isothermal Community College, in Spindale, North Carolina. Next month, the salute to the “Bluegrass Nation” will feature one of America's most successful and beloved bluegrass bands, Balsam Range . Members include Buddy Melton, Marc Pruett, Tim Surrett, Darren Nicholson and Caleb Smith....

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Catherine Truman Photography

Live Thursday, December 19th between 10 & 11am: The Barefoot Movement

They've played stages these past 7 or so years at everywhere from bluegrass festivals to Burkina Faso, and include a couple alumni of East Tennessee State and Western Carolina Universities. Tune in to see if they take their shoes off before entering... They play the Down Home in Johnson City on Wednesday the 18th.

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Featured Music Podcasts

Marcus King: When Music Is More Than Music, and Becomes a Family

On first listen, you will quickly recognize some of the ingredients in the music of Marcus King. Blues, rock and soul jump out right away. And when you look at Marcus, it is easy to sum things up by saying that he is a young guitar phenomenon with a powerful voice and a super tight band. This is all true, but there is so much more to discover with Marcus King, and the deeper you go, the more you find out about how intricate his music can be.

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WNCW Newsroom

News from McDowell County

Dec 9, 2019
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Reporter Mike Conley of the McDowell News made a return to WNCW's More to the Story to share some of the latest top stories from that part of Western NC, including updates about a major corridor in Marion, a new apartment complex, and another Dollar General to take over a vacant business location.  This discussion was on air Dec. 4, 2019.

It was a special day at Isothermal Community College in late November when UNC-TV used the school's television studios to record upcoming episodes of North Carolina Bookwatch, hosted by DG Martin.  One of those discussions featured Author Kristy Woodson Harvey from Beaufort.  Kristy is a best selling author thanks to romantic stories like 'Dear Carolina' and 'Feels Like Falling.'  The interview was first aired on Nov. 29, 2019.

The Western Carolina Football Team traveled to play at one of the most dominant and successful programs in college football history, Alabama.  Cory Vaillancourt of Smoky Mountain News made the trip and watched the game from the sidelines.  It gave him a chance to put together a story that described what it means for the smaller college program when David vs. Goliath.  

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Joel Burgess, State and Federal Politics and City Government Reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, took part in this More to the Story from Nov. 20, 2019 to discuss the latest changes in voting maps in western NC. 


Interviews and local features.

It's Wednesday night and we all know what that means... it's time to open the Jar of Jam and enjoy the Grateful Dead. Each Wednesday we love to bring our fans The Dead Hour with David Gans and Dead Air with Trent Henley! We have lots of Deadheads out there in WNCW land and we love to break out the groovy tunes, every hump day, just for the faithful.

Greetings and welcome to day four of our 30th Anniversary Fall Fundraiser! Thank you for all of the wonderful pledges and heartfelt comments!

Today, we are offering a sweet incentive - When you make a donation before 6pm you'll get a chance to win our Mountain Magnolia Inn Package, located in Hot Springs, NC, which includes the following:

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Vicki Dameron

WNCW has been partnering with Chimney Rock State Park for many, many years. We share the same county... Rutherford County, NC in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.The folks at Chimney Rock say this about their incredible state park:"Chimney Rock. It’s one part living classroom, one part outdoor gym. With ample opportunities to learn and explore, along with hiking trails, climbing opportunities, and exciting ways to break a sweat and stay fit, you’re in for a bit of learning, and a bit of fitness."


Seriously, we have lots of great opportunities for seeing live music AND supporting your favorite public radio station, WNCW 88.7 FM! We also have some groovy gift certificates. You will have to call us at 800 245 8870 to pick up on these amazing thank you gifts. They are not available online.

So... make it a date night, or perhaps give them as a Christmas gift and/or birthday present for one of your significant others!

Fall Fundraiser Tickets:

For every donation made during our Fall Fundraiser – WNCW will donate $1 to MANNA FoodBank. We are always pleased  to work with MANNA!

MANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization, that links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of Western North Carolina. MANNA is an acronym and stands for Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Together we can solve hunger.

Welcome to day two of WNCW's Fall Fundraiser! Today, when folks make a donation to the station they'll receive a CD Grab Bag with their choice of  our special thank gifts! Call us at 800 245 8870 or go online and pledge here - DONATE

New Releases Available For Your Support: Rock & Americana

Oct 14, 2019

We'd love to send you one or more of these as a thank-you for your membership! $60 level for each CD, unless indicated otherwise. *Note: some of these are in limited supply, so you'll need to call 800-245-8870 during our Studio B hours to order them:

The Avett Brothers -- Closer Than Together

Billy Strings -- Home

Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real -- Turn Off the News, Build a Garden

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi -- There is No Other

Tyler Childers -- Country Squire

2-CD release, available at the $100 pledge level. Classic hits from The Carter Family, Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, & more.

Mangum Pottery artists are known world-wide for their amazing work created in western North Carolina in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Weaverville. We have worked with Mangum Pottery for many years and we're happy to be able to partner with them during our 30th Anniversary celebration!

Rob and Beth Mangum, from Mangum Pottery Studio and Gallery seven miles from Asheville, in Weaverville, NC, come from a family of potters. Their creative process is guided by the clay itself, through years of studying the nature of the materials.

We'd love to send you one or more of these as a thank-you for your membership! $60 level for each CD. *Note: some of these are in limited supply, so you'll need to call 800-245-8870 during our Studio B hours to order them:

Battlefield Band -- Home Ground

The Chieftains -- A Chieftains Celebration

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi -- There Is No Other

Riley Baugus -- Little Black Train's a-Comin'

(Various artists): Tell It To Me: Revisiting the Johnson City Sessions 1928-1929